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Plans for a floating hotel on the River Bann, which would create 50 jobs, have been revealed.

The owners of the Cranagh Marina Complex in Coleraine are behind the application which, if approved, would comprise 36 cabins.

A barge currently moored in Norway has been identified for the project, with the idea being to transport it to Northern Ireland ahead of an eight-week refurbishment programme. There would also be scope to introduce a spa facility.

Seamus Carey, owner of Cranagh Marina Complex, said the proposals had come on the back of a surge in visitor numbers and tourists.

"This is a really exciting time for us. Prior to the lockdown we were recording record numbers of visitors and were thrilled with the success of the Activity Centre, restaurant and cabins.

"We will also be announcing a number of exciting new developments at The Cranagh in the near future and this will undoubtedly further increase the profile of this wonderful destination."

The complex has had to close during the Covid-19 crisis, all 15 staff being furloughed.

Carey added: "We took the step to close the restaurant and accommodation at the start of March. The Activity Centre was due to open at the beginning of April, but we have postponed opening until the guidelines from Stormont permit, which we hope will be around the end of June."

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